So Regency My Dear
By Jon Averill
1. Freescha - Kite High
A warm & fuzzy start to ease us into this episode from Californian duo Freescha. Despite their electronic pretensions the pair also wrote ‘Heaven On Earth’ for Britney Spears.
2. Dead Can Dance - Saltarello
This song has been in several podcasts before but never quite made the final cut so glad I could finally fit it in. ‘Saltarello’ (a reference to a long lost Italian folk dance) was recorded at Quivvy Church just north of Dublin.
3. Francisco - Love Sweet Love
Taken from ‘Cosmic Beam Experience’, recorded in 1979. ‘Love Sweet Love’ is actually the most conventional track on an album permeated with avant garde psychedelic experimentation
4. Cashmere Cat - Mirror Maru
Drum programming that could be lifted straight out a grime track plays off dramatically against layers of pitched up vocals & harpsichord lines underpinned by squeaky toy FX.
5. Ólafur Arnalds - Poland
For this podcast i’ve tried to make each track in opposition to that last, this beautiful piece by Ólafur Arnald also serves as a backing for the next...
6. John Betjeman - Song Of Night-Club Proprietress
As someone who comes from a family with English origins John Betjeman represents a sort of lost eccentricity & war time whimsy from an England long gone, or perhaps that never existed.
7. Art Garfunkel - Waters Of March
‘Águas de Março’ is a Brazilian song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim & covered here by the other one in Simon & Garfunkel.
8. Mariah - 心臓の扉
Mariah is the brainchild of Yasuaki Shimizu. There’s not a huge amount of information out there on Mariah other than they made 5 albums under the name between 1980 & 1983, this being the last.
9. Béla Bartók - Andante
I’ve always loved this piece, it sounds like it was performed on a rusty gate. As also sampled recently for Damon Albarn’s ‘Everyday Robots’.
10. Red Snapper - 4 Dead Monks (Demo)
This is a demo of ‘4 Dead Monks’ which is actually very similar to the final version but with a little less going on, this is the version which I prefer.
11. Oliveray - Growing Waterwings
Often in the podcast I’ll combine 2 pieces of music or dialogue that sit well together, this piece of music from Oliveray was chosen to underpin & also dilute the next…
12. Iceberg Slim - Pimp: The Story of My Life
Iceberg Slim was an American pimp & later author. This is an extract from his autobiographical novel ‘Pimp: The Story of My Life’ which tells the tales of a cruel & vicious life before his incarceration & subsequent change of career.
13. Almeeva - Soviet Superstructures
My description of this track as sounding like a slightly hyperactive version of The XX is both lazy & accurate.
14. Francis Bebey – Il N'y a Pas de Crocodiles a Cocody
A short interlude from Cameroonian artist, musician & writer. Much like there are no snakes in Ireland there are no crocodiles in Cocody apparently.
15. The Shangri-Las - I’ll Never Learn
The Shangri-Las are the coolest girl group of all time.
16. Zackey Force Funk - Cocaine Lady
Zackey Force Funk regurgitates the affectations of 80’s r’n’b as a maladroit, clumsy & unpolished style all of his own.
17. Medium Medium - Hungry, So Angry
We used to feature a lot more post-punk on the World Service so to make up for its absence of late here’s one of the better known tracks of the genre from Nottingham’s Medium Medium.
18. Not Waving - Battle Mountain
Alessio Natalizia has a knack of making music that whilst unreservedly electronic concurrently swells & pulses in the most organic manner.
19. Dinah Washington/Max Richter - This Bitter Earth/On The Nature Of Daylight
We close with a mash-up of two tracks; Max Richter’s ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ & ‘This Bitter Earth’ by Dina Washington. Arguably the two together create something that’s greater than the sum of it’s parts.